Institute of Epidemiology & Health Care


Burnout sufferers have 20% higher risk of heart problems

4 February 2020

Those with work-related burnout have a 20% higher risk of atrial fibrillation, the most common cause of arrhythmia, suggests a new study led by Professor Mika Kivimaki (UCL Epidemiology & Public Health).

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New research links chronic stress with a litany of health conditions — here’s what to do about it.

Is your career killing you by stealth? If you feel excessively tired, devoid of energy, demoralised and irritable, you have the classic symptoms of a condition with disastrous potential: occupational burnout.

More than half of sick days taken in Britain are caused by work-related stress, anxiety and depression, according to the UK Health and Safety Executive. Burnout doesn’t only make work feel demoralisingly futile; studies show that it may precipitate a fatal heart attack or stroke, or prompt chronic illnesses such as type 2 diabetes or dementia.

Read: Times (£)